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Links 1 through 10 of 136 by tekniklr tagged psychology

"With the possible exception of ketamine, a drug under investigation for treating depression, this therapy is the most rapid antidepressant treatment that we have. About 60 percent of depressed patients feel markedly better within hours. And — with the exception of some fatigue — there are no side effects."

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New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.

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"An engineer who is at or past the Threshold of Misery is looking for any kind of evidence that what they do matters."

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"Ironically, if I had known that I had autism when I was younger, I think it would have impeded my success. There is a stigma attached to the word, right? Some assume that you don’t like people or have no emotions — that you can’t do anything. I had to struggle on my own with no explanation, but I managed to get where I am."

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"...this discovery is a profound challenge both to the right-wing view that addiction is a moral failing caused by too much hedonistic partying, and the liberal view that addiction is a disease taking place in a chemically hijacked brain. In fact, he argues, addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you. It’s your cage."

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"It’s been documented time and again by psychologists and counsellors who work with assault survivors: in reaction to trauma, many women will do things they later regret because they felt somehow compelled to “be nice.” It’s a bit of social conditioning – be deferential, fix problems, avoid conflict at all costs – that keeps women uniquely vulnerable as they recriminate themselves for things that aren’t their fault."

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"This is why Natasha likes the phrase "political correctness," because she thinks Yvonne is interested not in actual correctness (the "scientific proof" in the "studies") but in masking the truth to make everyone happy ("politics.") This is why Natasha can not only think it is right but actually brave to loudly proclaim these "facts" on social media or at a party or on the bus or wherever. She thinks Yvonne just won't say them because she is scared of being punished by the PC Police, not because Yvonne thinks they are wrong."

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Works short term, so useful to treat phobias, anxieties, and ptsd (after a few treatments with exposure to the trigger, not as an ongoing prescription. Still might prove fun and dangerous for the black market.

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A new study supporting the old studies that say the same thing: "Humans adapt their risk-taking behaviour based on perceptions of safety; this risk compensation phenomenon is typified by people taking more risks when using protective equipment." with a new twist: the pattern holds even if people don't know they are using safety equipment, and also when safety equipment is used for activities it doesn't actually make safer (a bike helmet while swimming, for example).

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This... doesn't actually explain anything. But, at least I know I'm not alone when I want to bite things out of affection.

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